Communities, Urban development

Bridges of divided cities


Who is behind this?

Stefan Janjić

Novi Sad School of Journalism


Who is joining forces?

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Two sides in conflict, and one journalist from each of them - on a joint task! The idea of the project is to bring together journalists from the divided cities of Europe: Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Kosovska Mitrovica (Kosovo), Nicosia (Cyprus), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Narva / Ivangorod (Estonia / Russia). Each journalist will create a media content with the partner from the second half of the divided city about the hidden everyday connections of their separated communities.

Where will your idea take place?

Novi Sad, Serbia (training) + field work in Mostar, K. Mitrovica, Nicosia, Belfast and Narva

Why does Europe need your idea?

This project deals with the issue of empowering the European idea of togetherness where it is the thinnest. At one point, the problems of nationalism, social exclusion, hate speech are summed up, but also the ways in which these problems can be overcome.

What is your impact?

The project will contribute to strengthening democratic dialogue and removal of borders - artificial and physical, which is not only necessary in divided cities, but also in many other challenges that Europe is currently facing.

How do you get there?

(1) Journalists will jointly create media contents on economic, cultural, educational, sports and humanitarian cooperation within cities that are divided on a religious or national basis. Content will be published in English and local languages. (2) In addition, journalists will use the "oral history" method to gather interesting testimonies from people on both sides of divided cities, on the basis of which a unique theater performance will be created.

What is your story?

This project is important to us because we believe that as an organization dedicated to media topics we can contribute to the development of journalism that will analyze, in a responsive, professional and creative way, the problems of contemporary Europe and contribute to finding adequate solutions.

Who are you doing it for?

In a narrow sense, the project is dedicated to the inhabitants of the divided cities of Europe, in which live about 820,000 people. As a potential audience, we expect people across Europe who are interested in solving current conflict situations.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We expect benevolent, creative and constructive feedback!


Novi Sad School of Journalism


Tijana Femic

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018

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